Monday, September 11, 2006

Riddle twenty-two

Riddle twenty-two: Looks Like Another Lesson in Zoology

Difficulty: 9
Interest: 7

Practice your 1337-speak. The title implies that the answer refers to zoology. The image also contains a shirt with a logo referring to the answer.

Words in the image can be upside-down, and they can also be mirrored. Most of these words refer to a recent military conflict. Ignore them. Some other words, however, have more of a lexical link between them. Find out what that link is.

The text implies that you should look for the last word of that family as an answer. This is slightly misleading though. There are many words missing from that family, but only a few of them concern zoology, and only one fits with both zoology and the image on the shirt. Find that word.

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*Spoilers*

The lexical link is the ending of these words. Find discussions about these rare words, and you should soon find a more accurate list, which contains the answer. This one can be tricky, as there are many lists *without* the answer.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. The recent activity is the war. the lexical link is the words ending in 'ous'. What family are you talking about? To me it seems the image is that of a fish. Am I wrong? How do these all link up?

5:40 AM  
Blogger MathP said...

You are on the right way. However, aside from one word, the lexical link is stronger than that.

12:19 PM  
Blogger kYsis said...

i must have something wrong, i found that family of four, but the "missing brother" isn't the solution...

11:24 AM  
Blogger MathP said...

There are actually many missing brothers. Find the one that fits with the title, and to a lesser extent, the image.

You might have to find another list of words in that family. Most of them won't show the answer.

1:02 PM  
Blogger kYsis said...

On peut parler francais apparemment!
Je suis toujours bloque: j'ai trouve le terme en zoologie qui traduit little rings, mais il doit me manquer qqch pour les mots, je pensais que c'etait la famille des mots en ____ (4 lettres).
Si tu peux pas me debloquer sans donner trop d'indices pour les autres gens, reponds par courriel a booooya2 @ hot + mail com

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the net:

"At least 32 additional dous words repose in various dictionaries: apodous, antropodous, blizzardous, cogitabundous, decapodous, frondous, gastropodous, heteropodous, hybridous, iodous, isopodous, jeopardous, lagopodous, lignipodous, molybdous, mucidous, multifidous, nefandous, nodous, octapodous, palladous, paludous, pudendous, repandous, rhodous, sauropodous, staganopodous, tetrapodous, thamphipodous, tylopodous, vanadous and voudous."

Note the absence of the answer in there. I say this riddle is riddled with holes. Thank god for Google site search which provided me with this most obscure answer.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

riddled with holes? it says zoology, which clearly defines what word it should be.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Kevin Ballard said...

I found a site that listed one word "apodous", and the definition for that referenced "apodal" which was marked as Zoology by the dictionary, but neither of those words were the answer.

Time to start looking at the even bigger list of words listed by anonymous.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Kevin Ballard said...

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2:02 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

In the source, there's another hint, which should get you through the OneLook list quicker.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Alloran said...

I'm lost beyond all possible beleif. what on earth is the answer to this one?

1:57 PM  
Blogger Ruth Erin said...

i found the answer at askoxford.com. Go there and look for "dous" words.

2:20 PM  

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